Tuesday, April 25, 2006

What's Buzzin'

Had a few minutes to put some interesitng findings before hitting the sack:

Coach Hewitt's newest assistant coach insists that he is NOT a candidate for another assistant coaching job, but evidently his name keeps coming up. This time it's as an assistant to Bruce Pearl at Tennessee. He says no way:

Georgia Tech assistant Charlton Young, who spent seven years on Cliff Ellis' Auburn staff and was associate head coach at UT-Chattanooga under Jeff Lebo in 2004-05, laughed off the notion that he was interested in the opening.

"I'm not a candidate. That's message-board stuff," Young said, when reached by telephone Monday. "They've got me going everywhere this year. I'm a Georgia Tech guy."

Here's the thing. Charlton Young played an important role in the recruitment of Thaddeus Young and has had a positive influence on recruiting for sure, but he would be absolutely stupid to go anywhere else now. With the team that we will field next season, I wouldn't want to go anywhere. But that's just me.

Make no mistake - if it were not for the 19-year old age limit in the NBA, Thaddeus Young would be a top 10 pick and we would NEVER see him in a GT uni. Period. Here's an article from the Jordan Classic and evidently Michael Jordan kidded him about going to the wrong ACC school. Here's another article with these nice words:

Young picked up MVP for the winning team, putting up 28 and 11. Young is headed to Georgia Tech, and we're predicting an ACC Freshman of the Year honor right now. The kid can do everything: threes, handle, rebound, "D," post moves and will dunk on anyone in the country. …

Here's another one from FoxSports.com with this on BadThad:

One thing we will tell you right now, though: Thaddeus Young is going to be a MONSTER at Georgia Tech next year. …

Nice props for Kenny Anderson by ESPN's Doug Gottlieb, but discounts the long-term legacy because of only a two-year stay:

Anderson was the truth at Georgia Tech. He led the Yellow Jackets to a
Final Four, averaged more than 20 points a game in both of his seasons in
Atlanta and actually had more assists in his freshman year than Hurley had in
any season during his record-shattering career, but there was no legacy because
of the lack of tenure.

...not to be confused with Patrick Clark, who is still on the football and learning to play in the defensive secondary. Patrick Carter is the converted QB who transferred from GT last year and after a weird series of events ended up in Louisville. Now check out the comments about how he has impressed Bobby Petrino in the spring, and guess what? He's still messing around at QB:

Just what the rest of the Big East needs: Innovative Louisville coach Bob Petrino could have his most dangerous wide receiver yet--Georgia Tech transfer Patrick Carter. Petrino wants to use the quick, physical Carter all over the offense this fall and have him take direct snaps in the shotgun. The problem: Carter didn't spend enough time at receiver this spring; he took too many snaps at quarterback to give the Cardinals another arm while starter Brian Brohm continued his recovery from a torn ACL.

Worth a read to get you ready for the fall

Well, 2nd runner up. Southern Cal gets the nod and FSU is 2nd, but the Jackets get some love.

Calvin Johnson - the truth. He should go - period. Yeah, I want him to stay, and value his degree, but he should go to the NFL after this season period. He can come back and get his degree. CFN had this to say about his potential early entry next year:

2. WR Calvin Johnson, Georgia Tech – At times last season, it became obvious that Johnson was out growing the college game and becoming a pro caliber receiver, who just wasn’t getting paid. Don’t pay too much attention to his pedestrian numbers, which have more to do with double teams and a battery mate that won’t play quarterback beyond Tech. When sizing up Johnson, the only numbers that matter are the ones that will be off the charts at the NFL combine. He’s also a model citizen from a great family, and the early favorite to be the first receiver taken next April.

Not THE Coca-Cola, but CEO of Coca-Cola Enterprises, the largest bottler of Coke. Now, first order of business - a change in marketing. I'm in ATL this week at a conference at the Mariott Marquis. During break at the drink cart are cans of coke. Not regular cans though. Commemorative cans. Not just any commemorative cans. Cans highlighting UGA's SEC champsionship season, with a giant logo on the side and the entire 2005 schedule / results on the side. Oh wait, not ALL the results. They seem to have left their bowl game result off the results. I would too if I were them.............. why do I have to put up with this less than 1 mile away from the Georgia Tech campus?